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Submission + - Soft-Shell Robot Comes Complete With Cloaking Abilities (

heptapod writes: Harvard roboticists are close to mimicking cephalopod camouflage in a lab. This latest bit of bio-mimicry involves soft, silicone-based robots with a web of tiny channels flowing through their silicone skin. Going further, incorporating the muscle structure of cephalopods opens up an entirely new world of flexible, self-camouflaging robotics. More can be found at Harvard's website.

Submission + - Steam Officially Coming To Linux This Year! (

heptapod writes: The long anticipated port of the popular video game distribution service Steam is finally coming to Linux. Michael Larabel shares an email sent in of a reader's exchange with Gabe Newell, and Mike confirms he already knew but was asked not to announce it. Since Valve won't be announcing Half Life 3, it's a strong possibility this will be their presentation at E3.

Submission + - Sex on the First Date? Go For an Android User

heptapod writes: Smartphones are changing the way people interact with each other and a recent survey shows some brands are indicative of one's lifestyle. Not only are Android users more likely to put out on the first date, iPhone users have more sex overall. Also discovered is frequent tweeters tend to have relationships shorter than 140 characters.
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Submission + - How Free Software Revealed Self-Portrait of Young (

heptapod writes: In the midst of one of Leonardo's treatises upon the mechanics of the flight of birds, a nose was discovered. With the help of free software Amelia Carolina Sparavigna has teased a face from the pages of history. ArxivBlog has the summary for art majors. Her methods and all the details are freely available at arxiv.

Submission + - Scientists Report Second Sighting of Faster-Than-L (

heptapod writes: Two months ago scientists at CERN announced the possible detection of faster-than-light neutrinos. The internet was abuzz with explanations for this phenomenon ranging from jumping to higher dimensions and relativistic effects on GPS satellite clocks. The New York Times, among other sources, reports the effect has been duplicated. No word if Randall Munroe has collected his $200 yet.

Submission + - Carmack takes aim at "snooty indies" (

heptapod writes: Eurogamer reports that id Software co-founder John Carmack argues that a developer's job is to make games that people love and are willing to open their wallets for, not push boundaries. "I do get pretty down on people that — you see some of the indie developers that really take a snooty attitude about this. It's almost as if it's popular, it's not good. And that's just not true."

Submission + - Google: Go Public or else. (

heptapod writes: "The Register reports that starting July 31st people who have private profiles with Google will have their profiles deleted unless they go public. Google rationalizes "The purpose of Google Profiles is to enable you to manage your online identity. Today, nearly all Google Profiles are public. We believe that using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used. Private profiles don't allow this, so we have decided to require all profiles to be public," said the company." Google has not heard of argumentum ad populum."

Submission + - Opera for iPhone available if you're older than 17 (

heptapod writes: This week Opera became the first non-native browser available through the Mac app store. Apple has gone ahead and given it a 17+ rating for "Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes". Jan Standal at Opera was ">quoted "I'm very concerned. Seventeen is very young, and I am not sure if, at that age, people are ready to use such an application. It's very fast, you know, and it has a lot of features. I think the download requirement should be at least 18."

Submission + - Steve Jobs taking medical leave

heptapod writes: "CNN and the New York Times are reporting that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking leave of absence from the company because of a medical condition a year and a half after his liver transplant. "At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company," Jobs says in the letter to Apple employees. Tim Cook will take control of the company in Jobs' absence."

Submission + - Google wants to take away your capslock key

heptapod writes: "Slashdot reported earlier about Google's Chrome notebook and keen-eyed readers would have noticed the lack of a caps lock key. "According to Google, this will improve the quality of the comments, because people will not be able to write all in capital letters. I'm not a fan of the caps lock key myself. I never use it, so it can go to hell, for all I'm concerned. But taking away choice from people is not good, especially when this is not going to improve the quality of comments.""

Submission + - Stolen Kindle? Amazon won't help you find the thie

heptapod writes: "According to the New York Times, a Kindle customer has discovered the hard truth of capitalism, "Amazon knew the device was being used and preferred to sell content to anyone who possessed the device, rather than assist in returning it to its rightful owner." It seems that crime does indeed pay. Quite funny in light of the fact that Amazon finds protecting copyright more important than helping their customers."

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